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Lesson with the Buckskin Mare

equine art, Jennifer pratt, oil painting, dressage, horse art,

Lesson with the Buckskin Mare, 12″x12″, Oil on Panel

Available via Daily Paintworks HERE

Gina, the buckskin Quarter Horse from British Columbia returns as my model again.  This time I’ve captured her in action during her dressage schooling with trainer Jessica Kellner.  As I was planning this painting, I hoped to create some drama where I could play with movement in the paint. I was also envisioning a luminous glow from her unique buckskin colour.  I tweaked my palette by simplifying my paint selection down to an analogous scheme of 5 colours; Yellow Green, Cad Yellow light, Raw Sienna, Brown Madder & Quinacridone Red light. Phthalo Blue acts as a contrasting complementary colour to add interest.

I’m quite happy with result, she really jumps off the canvas and subtle variations in the her edges flow and move. It’s exciting to finish a piece of work to feel inspired about further possibilities. I am thinking this palette will work nicely with my haflinger model Ruby as well, and I’m thinking something much larger in size 🙂

“Favada”, 22×28 oil on canvas

I wanted to share a highlight from the studio.  I am happy to report the large painting of Favada has sold. It turns out through the amazing wonders of social media, the original breeder of the mare came across the painting from a Facebook share. She recognized her immediately. Little did I know, that Favada was the last mare the original owner bred and sold before retiring from the breeding dressage horses in California. The painting now has her forever home, in what could not be a better outcome for everyone 🙂

 

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